Marianna Martines: A Legacy of Her Own
Friday, December 8, 2017
The socially conscious new-music collective, Ensemble Pi, celebrates the life and compositional oeuvre of one of the most accomplished, prolific and intriguing composers of the late eighteenth-century Vienna, Marianna Martines (1744-1812). Despite her extraordinary musical talents, widely recognized during her lifetime, Martines’ compositions remain little-known today.Conceived as a narrative between Marianna's mentor Metastasio and her portrait artist Anton von Maron, the concert will bring into the spotlight Martines' chamber music, along with works by her supporters and friends including Mozart, Haydn, and Hasse. The evening will include some staging, and the use of projections upon large Rococo skirts hanging from the ceiling and designed by Florian Etti. Performers include Idith Meshulam (piano and artistic director); Daniel Gortler (piano); Sarah Moulton Faux (soprano); Gòn Halevi (countertenor); Matt Gray (director and narrator); and Deborah Moulton (writer).
Ensemble Pi, a socially conscious new-music group founded in 2002, features composers whose work seeks to open a dialogue between ideas and music on some of the world’s current and critical issues. For more than thirteen years, Ensemble Pi presented an annual Peace Project concert, commissioning new works and collaborating with visual artists, writers, actors and journalists such as William Kentridge, Naomi Wolf and David Riker. The ensemble was in residence for four American music festivals presented by the American Composers Alliance and now collaborates with the APNM. Symphony Space presented Ensemble Pi in birthday celebrations for composers Gunther Schuller and Krzysztof Penderecki. A multi-year collaboration with composer Elias Tanenbaum resulted in a CD of his chamber music, Keep Going, released by Parma Recordings in 2010 and reviewed by Gramophone as “a touching tribute to Elias Tanenbaum that is played with conviction and verve.” It was followed by a second CD of the music Laura Kaminsky, “played with warmth and variety” (American Record Guide). Ensemble Pi is currently working on the third CD. www.ensemble-pi.org